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  1. What is a Tall Tale?

  2. Tall tales were first told in America by the settlers who made their homes in the American wilderness. In those days, people didn't have TV, computers or electric lights to read by, so they told stories for their entertainment.

  3. Famous Tall Tale Characters Some famous tall tale heroes are Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett, Mike Fink, John Henry, and Annie Oakley.

  4. Elements of Tall Tales The main character is bigger than life and has super-human abilities.

  5. The story has many exaggerations in it.

  6. The main character has a problem or problems to to solve.

  7. The story includes lots of action.

  8. The plot of the story is funny and impossible.

  9. In the end, the main character solves a problem, overcomes an obstacle and/or defeats the “bad guy”.